A picture from the day that I discovered that not only am I the mother in charge of finding lost shoes, lip gloss, jackets, knives, snacks, pets, blankets, pillows, slime, homework, pencils, LEGOS, doll clothes and golf balls but that I’m also in charge of lost people.

Not to worry, we were really more slightly misdirected. And I, mother and finder of all lost things, was on the job. I noticed, monitored, studied and corrected the situation before anyone’s legs actually fell off as they were, apparently, threatening to.

As much as I am asked to find the things, and as often as I know how to find the things, I usually make my kids find the things themselves. Possibly with a few helpful hints, if I’m feeling magnanimous.

And what I learned on this last trip is that it’s time to break out the maps, because map reading is not a skill any of them have. (And bless my husband, heaven knows he needs it, he tries really hard but I fear he’d have been lost right along with them.)

How are you with a map? Directional sense? If you have kids do they know how to read a map?  

5 comments on “Lost

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Map reading should be something taught at school, at least the basics, for you never know when you might need it, even in these days of mobile phones and all their available apps!

    • Jessie says:

      Agreed! (And then I better continue to give my kids real maps to practice or it’ll stick about as well as calculus stuck in my head… )

  2. Widdershins says:

    That’s a big ‘yes’ to map-reading skills, from me. It’s way too easy to rely on technology that at any moment will fail you, and not have a back-up.

  3. John says:

    Hmmm… I don’t really think you need two map readers in one marriage. Just leads to arguments.

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